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Hollywood Dolls

Hollywood Dolls

The Hollywood Collection made itís west coast premiere out of the Molly Barnes Gallery, on La Cienega Blvd., Hollywood, CA, in 1984.

Clockwise, starting from the back row the dolls are:
 Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Josephine Baker, Bette Midler, & Liza Minnelli. 

The dolls front and center are:
Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, and Marilyn Monroe.
Known as the Bergdorf  Collection, this trio made its debut out of the salon windows on 5th Avenue, NYC, December, 1982.

 

The first celebrity caricature doll in the series, Liza Minnelli was created In 1981. Liza became the focal point for the development that followed and over the next year and a half, ten more dolls were added to this collection.

The dolls, one-of-a-kind, are formulated of cast rubber composition. Each specifically designed and created to achieve a life-like persona. They stand from twenty-four to twenty-seven inches tall. The eyes have a pronounced paper-weight effect and the make-up is applied in oils over a simulated skin texture. The dolls, collector editions, are costumed hand finished and signed by the artist.

 Today, the Lena Horne doll, (which she owns) is the only doll to survive this original collection. 

 

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